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Paige Braddock is a cartoonist best known for her comic strip Jane’s World, the first queer-themed work to get distribution from a national mainstream media syndicate.

In high school, Braddock was mentored by Alley Oop cartoonist Dave Graue. She earned a degree in Fine Art from the University of Tennessee, then worked as a visual journalist for twelve years for such newspapers as the Chicago Tribune and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She left journalism in 2000 to accept the postion of Creative Director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. There she oversees art direction and editoral control of all licensed Peanuts material, including the 2012 comic book limited series published by Boom! Studios.

She devised Jane’s World in 1991 and first started the strip as a webcomic in 1996. In 2001, United Feature Syndicates’s Comics.com picked up the strip. Soon after, she founded Girl Twirl Comics to publish and distribute Jane’s World to comic book stores. In 2007, Braddock started producing new strips, now carried by Universal Press Syndicate.

In 2008, she collaborated with writer Jason McNamera on The Martian Confederacy, a graphic novel about outlaws living on Mars in 3535, where breathable air is a top commodity. A second volume was published in 2011, and a third is in the works.

Jane’s World was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2006, and 10 volumes of the strip are currently in print.

Braddock lives in California with her wife, Evelyn.

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